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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Like a campfire in a glass, this robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices. A dark pour with mild lacing, she is a rollercoaster of lush chocolate diving into a semi-dry finish of roasted malt and biscuit. 5.6% ABV

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Draught @ DBC: Eclipsed ruby. Nonuniform dirty-white head lives a short life. Husky malt (burnt popcorn) aromas with subtle notes of sassafras, cola, smoke, chocolate wafer cookie, hazelnut, raisin, tarry java. Foamy residue plagues the tongue as the seltzery carbonation fizzles. Airily roasty and intensely grainy with a profoundly dull and depthless "papery" roast character which is worsened by severely husky burnt malt. Cacao nibs contribute earthiness while a distant twinge of black licorice adds sweetness and a bit of cling. A fluttering raisiny fruitiness gently exudes alongside creamed coffee and wafer cookie, as well. Trace chocolate vibrancy comes and goes, though it’s not nearly sturdy enough to withstand the body-hampering huskiness. Finishes lightly charred and everlastingly husky with a cottony flourish of roasty dryness timidly shadowed by smoke and cocoa. A very husky beer, which makes it undrinkable for me. And a rather insufferable mouthfeel to boot, as, once again in a DBC beer, the carbonation is extremely firm, pointy, and intrusive.

AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2017
On tap at Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins during ck1 birthday trip. Very dark brown pour with a beige head. Sweet chocolate, a touch of caramel. Taste follows. Sweet finish. A touch of bitter but mostly sweet. Not really getting the graham cracker part. Solid and smooth. 14

Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Can. Dark brown with a thinner tan head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, marshmallow, and roasted dark malts. Taste is cocoa, dark roasted malts, and some bitterness. It falls pretty short of expectations. Above average carbonation and thinner.

ghostbeer (215) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Really good on a cold day. Rich and roasty and very good. I noticed a bit of a strange aftertaste that took a little getting used to. It was not really a bad aftertaste but was just not expected.

Andrus86 (650) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2016
TAP. Cola black with a nice bubbly head.. A lovely balance of malt, chocolate, coffee & vanilla aroma.. Easy dark malt body, that coffee/chocolate/vanilla combo is start to finish, but vanilla & softer coffee is strong at back end.. Sourced Denver beer co

Haslinger (929) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2016
on tap at the brewery, tastes a bit bland at first but some crackery pie crust malt comes out as it warms. Solid beer. Bought a 6 pack to take home

shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 24, 2016
Tap at Grub. Nice aroma, malt, soy sauce, Schwartz like, plummy. Taste is better, initial creme caramel sauce thing going on. Light spice too. Rich and maybe bit sweet. Some cola too. Quite pleasant.

Imaena (2322) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - OCT 29, 2016
Can. This is a thin and watery porter with out much to distinguish it. Not worth a try.

Beaver (1800) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2016
12 oz can. Pours amber brown with a big fluffy light tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet acidic smokey roast chocolate malt.

The flavor is very sweet roasted chocolate malt with some metallic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall, too sweet and kind of flawed.

Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2016
Bottle. High creamy lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Roasted malt cocoa vanilla aroma and flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.

StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Canned. Dark brown with a smallish beige head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma was weak and indistinct with perhaps a trace of chocolate. The taste featured cocoa and graham crackers. The palate was much thinner than I prefer. Finished with a lingering metallic aftertaste. Overall: The graham cracker notes conjured up the memory of a cheap cheesecake crust, and therein lies the problem. With cheesecake I expect a full creamy palate and it was just not there. Those quibbles aside I did enjoy this but I probably wont buy another.

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